• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 1998
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jul 9, 2013
    91
    A show for grown-ups, with a witty script, a charismatic cast and the good sense to leave the messages on the cutting-room floor. [21 Sep 1998]
  2. 91
    In addition to good direction, "Will & Grace" has the attractive cast and snappy writing that most comedies never have the luck or skill to achieve. [18 Sep 1998]
  3. 90
    Smart, sweet and often hilarious, "Will & Grace" is everything a sitcom needs to be. [21 Sep 1998]
  4. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jul 9, 2013
    88
    I like this show a lot. [21 Sep 1998]
  5. 88
    Witty and interesting. ... If comedy dialogue, slapstick and emotional moments continue to be handled with the skill displayed in the pilot, "Will & Grace" could emerge as one of the season's survivors. [21 Sep 1998]
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 9, 2013
    88
    With a sure and witty touch, Will captures the way gay men and their straight female friends make an asset of their gender differences and romantic similarities. [21 Sep 1998]
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 12, 2013
    83
    The season's cleverest, most intricate sitcom.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Aug 12, 2010
    8
    A funny show that uses its cast to its fullest, but the screenplay writers are the deserving starts of the show. Very witty, very entertainingA funny show that uses its cast to its fullest, but the screenplay writers are the deserving starts of the show. Very witty, very entertaining it leaves you with wanting and needing more and more. For a first season it is excellent and it makes great space for future seasons to come.
    Debra Messing, as Grace, is excellent and is definitely the best one of the cast. Eric McCormack is the underused potential, as Will, but that is mainly due to his character - he's just not that funny.
    Sean Hayes' Jack is brilliantly funny and refreshing as an over-the-top gay man. Mullally's transformation as Karen Walker is quite interesting and one can see that the character was being developed as the show went on and as the audience responded to her different character traits - she will definitely be much different and more prominent in the later seasons, for Mullally manages to take the best of her character and channel it brilliantly!
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  2. Jun 20, 2013
    7
    Will and Grace is a good show- it's funny, the characters are fun, and, it's good to have shows with gay characters, considering we are stillWill and Grace is a good show- it's funny, the characters are fun, and, it's good to have shows with gay characters, considering we are still living in a time where homophobia is lurking everywhere. However, one thing that bothers me is how, the characters are fun on the show, but, in real life, I'd honestly find these people snooty and annoying. The references also feel obscure, making the viewer feel left out of a lot of jokes if they aren't especially well read. Full Review »
  3. Nov 24, 2012
    1
    I defiantly didn't like the first season, watch the pilot, so you can know the characters. Then start season 2 where it gets better.